5 Waterfront Restaurants You Need to Try During Long Island Restaurant Week

Craving a waterfront view? Long Island Restaurant Week’s got your back. • Photo courtesy of VIEW

You survived April showers, now it’s time to celebrate with something even better than May flowers: Long Island Restaurant Week! The annual promotion returns on Sunday, April 28 and will run through Sunday, May 5, bringing unparalleled dining deals to Nassau and Suffolk County.

During the promotion, all participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus for just $29.95.  Over 100 restaurants are participating in all, offering locals everything from French to Mexican cuisine, Caribbean flavors to standard steakhouse fare.

Some participating restaurants, however, even offer something extra: Spectacular seaside views. Here are 5 places we’ll definitely be dining—and breathing in salty air—this Long Island Restaurant Week.

1. Nautilus Cafe

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Kick off Long Island Restaurant Week on the Nautical Mile at Freeport’s Nautilus Cafe. This waterfront restaurant is best known for its fresh seafood cuisine, but don’t be write it off if you prefer ‘turf’ to ‘surf’; their menu boasts plenty of non-seafood dishes, as well.

2. View

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This Lessing’s restaurant got its name for a reason: Its view of the Great South Bay is unbeatable. Their Restaurant Week menu is equally impressive, too. Entree options include Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp, Scottish Salmon, Slow Braised Short Rib of Beef, Roasted Free-Range Chicken, Bucatini Alle Vongole, and Seafood Cioppino (for a $15 supplement).

3. WAVE Seafood & Steak
Port Jefferson

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Nestled inside Danford’s, a Port Jeff institution, WAVE Seafood & Steak offers fresh, seafood-centered cuisine with a beautiful, unobstructed view of Port Jefferson Harbor. The restaurant’s Restaurant Week menu has recently been released; highlights include Citrus Glazed Faroe Island Salmon, P.E.I. Scampi Mussels, and Peach Pie Mash-Up for dessert.

4. Cowfish
Hampton Bays

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This beloved Hampton Bays mainstay offers one of Long Island’s most extensive Restaurant Week menus—with a gorgeous view. Highlights include a $20 Restaurant Week Cocktail Pairing (which includes three cocktails in all) and a $25 Restaurant Week Wine Bottle Special (with 6 bottles to choose from, including Macari rosé). Check out Cowfish’s entire Restaurant Week menu here.

5. Farm Country Kitchen

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This quaint, rustic restaurant boasts beautiful views of the Peconic River—and critically acclaimed New American cuisine. They haven’t publicly released their Restaurant Week menu just yet, but a look at their spring dinner menu may hold some clues as to what guests can expect.


For more on Long Island Restaurant Week, including a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit the promotion’s website.